In a reaction to the decision of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State to remove the image of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu from the campaign uniform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Ojukwu’s widow, Chief (Mrs.) Bianca Ojukwu, stayed away from the Anambra governorship APGA campaign-flag-off.
Her absence at the rally had kept party supporters wondering, especially as people had hoped the party reconciliation committee headed by Senator Victor Umeh would forge intra-party peace.
Professor Chukwuma Soludo and Dr. Ifeanyi Ibezim, APGA’s governorship and deputy governorship candidates respectively, kick-started their 2021 campaign at Awka on Saturday. Chief (Mrs.) Bianca Ojukwu was conspicuously absent at the event.
“It is an irony that today, Governor Willie Obiano has gone back to his own vomit by resuscitating Dim Ojukwu’s pictures for use in campaigning for the upcoming elections in Anambra State,” Mrs. Ojukwu noted in a statement on Sunday.
“This is the height of opportunism and hypocrisy. Is Ojukwu not the same man Obiano once described as a dead man who was no longer relevant to the party?
“Why should I permit him to keep trampling on the legacy of my late husband who put his heart and soul into this party?
“Ojukwu should not be like a light switch to be turned on for party campaign, and turned off once the election is won”, she said.
“It is most unfortunate that Obiano decided to remove the picture of Ojukwu and replace same with his picture, just to drive home his statement that ‘he would no longer tie the fate and fortunes of APGA to the memory of a dead man’, obviously in reference to my husband”, Bianca said.
She lamented that the report of the Sen. Victor Umeh-led Peace and Reconciliation Committee that visited her in Enugu a few weeks ago which pointed the way forward for APGA, had been jettisoned by the party leadership.
Mrs. Ojukwu, however, wished APGA well in the governorship election.